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ICYMI: Tuesday, April 28

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

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TRENDING:

Second Round schedule scenarios
NHL dates, times, national broadcast information for the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Pending Wednesday's Game 7 between the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, two schedule scenarios exist.

Red Wings' Kronwall faces Player Safety hearing
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will have a telephone hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a charge against Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov.

Rangers set to renew playoff rivalry with Capitals
The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals face off in a playoff series for the fifth time since 2009.

Islanders lament failure to extend Coliseum's life
After getting eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Islanders a disappointed they didn't provide Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with a proper sendoff before play begins at Barclays Center in Brooklyn this fall.



NEWS:

Bolts, Wings cap first round with Game 7 showdown
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings complete an exciting first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Game 7 showdown Wednesday.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook
Comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook from games played on Monday, April 27.

FEATURES:

Rangers brace for new-look, more physical Capitals
The rivalry between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals likely will take on a different look in their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Moved to top line, St. Louis is Rangers' X-factor 
Martin St. Louis
Right Wing - NYR
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 1
SOG: 10 | +/-: 1
It's not often a team can promote a former Hart Trophy winner and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner from its third line to its first line, but that's what the New York Rangers will do with Martin St. Louis in the wake of Mats Zuccarello's injury.

Late surge has Senators feeling good about future
The numbness the Ottawa Senators felt after the abrupt end of their remarkable season Sunday had given way to optimism Tuesday.

Predators optimistic about foundation, future
The Nashville Predators feel this season was the first step in what could be the start of something special.

Hitchcock to reflect before deciding future with Blues
St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was non-committal about his future with the organization Tuesday, two days after another early ouster from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Wild ready for different style of play from Blackhawks
The Minnesota Wild are preparing for a much different challenge against the Chicago Blackhawks than they faced in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Flames goalie Hiller intrigued to face Ducks
After spending seven seasons trying to help the Anaheim Ducks win the Stanley Cup, the opportunity to eliminate the Ducks from the Western Conference Second Round is an intriguing prospect for Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller.

Blackhawks' Crawford puts difficult first round in past
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is ready to move forward after spending much of the first round watching Scott Darling.

Rutherford sees Penguins headed in right direction
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford doesn't expect sweeping organizational changes this offseason, but is looking for a top-six wing.

Five reasons Capitals advanced to second round
Here are five reasons why the Washington Capitals advanced to Eastern Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Flames doing their homework to prepare for Ducks
Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley and his staff got back to work quickly after their first-round series win, turning their attention to the Anaheim Ducks.

Noel: Speed, skill of Lightning showed in Game 6
Claude Noel thought the speed and intensity of the Tampa Bay Lightning was evident from the opening faceoff in Game 6 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Five reasons Islanders were eliminated from playoffs
The New York Islanders struggled to score against the Washington Capitals, but that's just one reason they were eliminated from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ward scores another clutch goal for Capitals
Joel Ward
Right Wing - WSH
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 4
SOG: 20 | +/-: -1
Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward has a way of stepping up in big spots. He continued that trend by scoring the Capitals' first goal in a 2-1 win against the New York Islanders in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday.

Capitals end Game 7 slump with win vs. Islanders 
The Washington Capitals have struggled in Game 7 of Stanley Cup Playoff series in the past, but defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 7 at Verizon Center on Monday to advance to the second round.

BLOG COVERAGE:

Ducks' Thompson game-time call for series opener
Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson will likely be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Calgary Flames.

Lightning view strong start as crucial to Game 7
The Tampa Bay Lightning have put the first six games against the Detroit Red Wings in the rear view, concentrating solely on Game 7 Wednesday.

Rangers' Yandle expected to return to practice
New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle missed practice for the second straight day Tuesday but is expected to return Wednesday.

Penguins' Malkin, Blues' Tarasenko to play for Russia
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko will play for Russia at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, the IIHF announced Tuesday via its website.

Youngstown's Connor recaps season in USHL
Youngstown Phantoms left wing Kyle Connor, No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's final rankings, recaps his season in USHL and looks ahead to NHL Combine.

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